Lewis Hamilton put in a storming performance in qualifying this morning, but watching Hamilton blast to the front of the pack in his dominant Mercedes AMG Hybrid is hardly surprising anymore. What was surprising, however, was just how far ahead of everyone else Lewis really is. The Mercedes is the car of the year, and Lewis is the man of the moment- combined, they’re better than a second quicker per lap than Red Bull’s rising young star, Daniel Ricciardo.
It’s a thing to see, this Merc/Ham double act. If you’re old enough, 2014 just might remind you of Nigel Mansell at Williams in ’92 or Prost/Senna at McLaren in ’88. If you’re not old enough- well, keep watching, because something really, really special is happening right in front of your face.
This is how the chips fell for the rest of the field …
|Driver No.||Driver||Team||Grid Pos.|
|3||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull Racing-Renault||3|
|1||Sebastian Vettel||Red Bull Racing-Renault||10|
|27||Nico Hulkenberg||Force India-Mercedes||11|
|11||Sergio Perez||Force India-Mercedes||12|
… and, as you can see, Pastor Maldonado’s luck keeps going from bad to worse. This weekend, it went from somewhere south of “inconceivably bad” to “unimaginably bad”, as the Venezuelan lost the plot in the first minute or so of qualifying for the 2014 Spanish Grand Prix. The blunder was made doubly painful by the fact that he actually had a racy-looking Lotus under him today, as evidenced by his quick practice times and his teammate’s P5 performance in what is, supposedly, an identical Lotus.
Other points of interest include Kimi Raikonnen out-qualifying Fernando Alonso for the first time, and reigning World Champion Sebastian Vettel dropping out of Q3 due to “technical issues” after having been out-performed, again, by his Aussie teammate in Q1 and Q2.
The 2014 running of the Spanish Grand Prix will happen tomorrow, rain or shine, and we’ll have the results and run-down here on Gas 2 as soon as it’s over. Stay tuned!
Source: Formula 1.